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Friday, December 22, 2017

Dick Daughtry

Goldsboro High School Dick Daughtry As a child, he climbed Depression-era pear trees along Daisy Street’s north end, hoping to turn a vine-fresh haul into spare change for his mother. A few years later, at the neighborhood high school,...

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Payne Casey

Charles B. Aycock High School Payne Casey Family. It’s all you have, all the time, and matters especially when you’re walking through the opening acts of life. With winks and smiles, it guides you through a host of formative...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cole Atwood

Wayne Country Day School Cole Atwood What does a pure shooter look like? Good question. Some are anonymous in appearance, don’t look particularly fleet afoot, but surprise opponents when it’s go-time. Others are rangy, with handle to boot, who...

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Spring Creek Basketball Team

Spring Creek High School Spring Creek Basketball Team Following their heart-stopping triumph over James Kenan last February in the Carolina 1A Championship, the Spring Creek Gators were playoff-ready. A first-round laugher at home against Ocracoke was upstaged by a...

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Taylor Puetz

Charles B. Aycock High School Taylor Puetz Quiet confidence. It’s the hallmark of any successful athlete, and a behavorial trait consistent in high performers who lead by example — not by some rah-rah, look-at-me measure. Yes, there is still...

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Chance Howard and Johnathan Peacock

Rosewood High School Chance Howard Johnathan Peacock Brotherhood. Equal parts diligent and loyal, it’s a fellowship that never takes a day off, nor wants to. It splashes life’s redeeming moments with more color, such as last spring, when February...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Eliza Eagles

Wayne Country Day School Eliza Eagles Motivation. It’s the element most consistent in the prep tennis career of Eliza Eagles, who has always been acutely aware of what it takes to succeed. As a middle schooler, she trained endlessly...

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Tae Jackson

Charles B. Aycock High School Tae Jackson Economic durability. It’s a phrase that aptly characterizes Charles B. Aycock sophomore Tae Jackson, who has embodied its core principles to make light work of a daunting task this fall. As any...

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ben Cohen

Wayne Country Day School Ben Cohen Sweat equity. It’s the part someone’s stake in a company that doesn’t reflect throwaway seed money or gaudy, look-at-me personal economy. It’s more. It’s being there, day after day, on the ground and...

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kasey Norris

Wayne Christian School Kasey Norris Helping others. She came by it honestly as a child, in the halls of her father’s ministry and civic outreach center, learning the importance of a life lived in the service of others. Be...

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Rahjai McPhatter

Princeton High School Rahjai McPhatter Rahjai McPhatter, senior tailback at Princeton High, isn’t tough to find — it just appears that way. Through six games this season, the blink-and-miss spark plug of head coach Travis Gaster’s Wing-T attack has...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

William Archer

North Duplin High School William Archer Family. Its always been a part of William Archer’s football road map, from the early days in Austintown, Ohio — where he was a four-foot two, 62-pound manager for his brother’s team —...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Arlanda Faulkner

Charles B. Aycock High School Arlanda Faulkner Arlanda Faulkner’s volleyball quest, like many athletic dreams, formed in the dust of her family’s backyard. There were service reps, too many to properly count, rifled over a trampoline at first, then...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Xzavior Bowden

Goldsboro High School Xzavior Bowden He runs at you. He runs through you. And if the situation warrants, Goldsboro High tailback Xzavior Bowden will run away from you. Such has been the real-time nightmare endured by defensive coordinators this...

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Ezekiel Best

Eastern Wayne High School Ezekiel Best A year ago, Eastern Wayne quarterback Ezekiel Best was finding his way through an up-and-down varsity learning curve. At times, like the night his Warriors were held scoreless at D.H. Conley, the lessons...